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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    One of the problems with our multi corporate cultural world is 'branding'. Chances are the Orvis 'superline' (k, made that up but.. ) probably comes by the half tonne from china... Same company sells the stuff and calls it 'Crystal string' (made that up too) and sells it for 70pennies for 100 metres... Unless you buy ultra cheap stuff and actually test it you never know if the good stuff you like is available for pennies instead of pounds... I have used this stuff for years, micrometer it and test it knotted for breaking strain.. stuff is brilliant and consistent (always disregard the **** on the spool). Chances are, somewhere in the world it is a premier line... Me is a cynic tho..

    Outdoor 100m Strong Braid Fly Fishing Fish Line Backing Line Tackle Tools New Z | eBay

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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    Quote Originally Posted by lepirate View Post
    Love the word 'Recidivist' .. Deff works for me..

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    Had a hardy reel, 2nd hand but was perfect.. Was afraid to use it and add the first scratch so ended up selling it. Would have loved to keep it but knew, if I did, I would have to use it and done the scratch thing..
    The first scratch is the hardest, but after the second scratch all classic hardy reels run forever
    Last edited by nymphist; 06-01-2019 at 07:16 AM.
    Wise indeed was George Selwyn Marryat when he said: "its not the fly; its the driver"
    page 193, GEM Skues,The Way Of A Trout With A Fly

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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    at the moment I am fishing mainly with marquises ,some of which i have owned from brand new 40 or more years ago .
    They and Viscount 150 mk11s do me fiine for all my trouting .
    There is a Rimfly biggest that i use for SWFF on odd trips to the salt.
    Andy Wren
    Still fishing but slowly!

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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    Quote Originally Posted by ACW View Post
    at the moment I am fishing mainly with marquises ,some of which i have owned from brand new 40 or more years ago .
    They and Viscount 150 mk11s do me fiine for all my trouting .
    There is a Rimfly biggest that i use for SWFF on odd trips to the salt.
    Had a marquise in the past and still have a viscount mk III LA, both models bomb proof, may take a #6 viscount III LA if i find one at the right price
    Wise indeed was George Selwyn Marryat when he said: "its not the fly; its the driver"
    page 193, GEM Skues,The Way Of A Trout With A Fly

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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    Quote Originally Posted by ohanzee View Post
    one that tells you that quality is best described by the scars of survival.

    Oh beautifully put, afternoon Alan.

    Skaj

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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    The best quality gear is what suits you best as an individual, in my opinion. I've mentioned previously that I bought a Shakey Trion XT 7wt rod from John Norris several years ago, just when they went out of production. I've bought a couple of more expensive rods since (and another recently that I've not tried yet) but just can't get along with them. I freely admit I could have persevered more with the other rods. Anyway, my Shakey, along with my cheap Chinese CNC reels, Maxima Ultragreen, suit me fine. ( 3 x rods going cheap soon).

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    Default Re: Quality Fly Fishing Tackle

    Quote Originally Posted by minstrel View Post
    The best quality gear is what suits you best as an individual, in my opinion. I've mentioned previously that I bought a Shakey Trion XT 7wt rod from John Norris several years ago, just when they went out of production. I've bought a couple of more expensive rods since (and another recently that I've not tried yet) but just can't get along with them. I freely admit I could have persevered more with the other rods. Anyway, my Shakey, along with my cheap Chinese CNC reels, Maxima Ultragreen, suit me fine. ( 3 x rods going cheap soon).
    I agree with you about shakespeare rods, i recently bought a greys gr50 im now in the process of exchanging it for a shakespeare agility 2 Imho it's a superior rod to the greys gr50.

    Also Imho the Piscifun Reels are equally as good as reels cost 4x there price.

    Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by lepirate View Post
    One of the problems with our multi corporate cultural world is 'branding'. Chances are the Orvis 'superline' (k, made that up but.. ) probably comes by the half tonne from china... Same company sells the stuff and calls it 'Crystal string' (made that up too) and sells it for 70pennies for 100 metres... Unless you buy ultra cheap stuff and actually test it you never know if the good stuff you like is available for pennies instead of pounds... I have used this stuff for years, micrometer it and test it knotted for breaking strain.. stuff is brilliant and consistent (always disregard the **** on the spool). Chances are, somewhere in the world it is a premier line... Me is a cynic tho..

    Outdoor 100m Strong Braid Fly Fishing Fish Line Backing Line Tackle Tools New Z | eBay
    I disagree.

    Branding in fishing tackle is generally a virtue not a problem. Orvis, Hardy/Greys, Snowbee or whoever don't make many of the products that bear their brand name, but we trust these companies to have selected and tested these products. If the products don't meet expectations then the brand loses its reputation and their business will begin to fail. This is why they protect their brand name so strongly (eg Rio & Snowbee in the recent counterfeit lines case).

    When I buy branded leader material at ten times the price of unbranded I'm paying for the assurance provided by the brand who have selected this material to put their name on. I don't have the inclination, time, resources or expertise to carry out this for myself. I don't doubt that it may be the exactly the same as one of the many unbranded versions on the market - but which one? I'm paying the brand owner to have found it for me.

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